The snow melt project required correct placement of mats mesh and sensors Photos courtesy of Danfoss

The snow melt project required correct placement of mats, mesh and sensors. Photos courtesy of Danfoss.

When it Snows, It Melts

"With the heated towpaths, we don’t have safety and liability concerns to the degree we would without the system in place. We’ve pretty much eliminated the risks associated with people slipping on icy sidewalks."

According to the National Weather Service, a series of lake effect events and clipper-type systems dumped 112 inches of snow on Buffalo, New York, in the winter of 2014-15. In an area accustomed to harsh winters, this was still unusual—about 18 inches above normal. But even this impressive amount of snow was no match for the Danfoss snow melt system installed at Canalside, the heart of Buffalo’s waterfront revitalization.